There is a need for resilience across critical infrastructure, as many assets are aging and require regular inspection, maintenance, or rebuilding. More stringent regulations are already being introduced, especially to deal with climate change and increasing urbanisation.
Our vision is to be the leading company globally in the development of smart assessment, digitisation, and digitalisation tools for critical infrastructure across utilities, transport, and construction.
Our mission is to help organisations digitise and assess their critical infrastructure, across the most extreme environments, in all weather conditions, any time of day, above and below ground. We have started with critical water and wastewater assets.
We are a team of scientists and engineers that integrate advanced sensors and electronics with proprietary software and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable robots to operate and collect survey data in challenging and hazardous environments. Our products and technologies help improve health and safety, de-risking underground surveying, and provide scalable solutions for infrastructure inspection, maintenance, and rehabilitation.
Using our solutions organisations can more effectively manage and minimise risks associated with their complex infrastructure assets, whilst simultaneously reducing their costs and carbon emissions.
This is our story so far...
After meeting at Entrepreneur First in London (EF9) in 2017, the co-founders began conducting market research and exploring challenging sensing problems for robotics in extreme environments, utilising their unique deep tech backgrounds.
It was clear that light-based sensing was a technology with great potential across many valuable applications, where visibility and situational awareness are critical (e.g. autonomous vehicles, infrastructure monitoring, security etc.), this led to experimenting with many types of sensors and processing software; even LiDAR on a skateboard in local tunnels!
After securing some initial funding from EF, we began to develop the technology further and working with potential customers in the water and wastewater industry over several technology trials. We were accepted into the PUBLIC programme to further develop the business strategy, start engaging with both the public and private sectors, and to secure further funding.
We secured our seed funding round led by First Derivatives (via Kx Ventures) and this allowed us to expand the team, initiate our 2 Innovate UK projects (Prometheus and Chimera), and continue to develop our product and continue larger trials with customers. We were one of the few tech start-ups invited to 10 Downing Street.
After conducting initial technology trials in sewers in Bristol, we were awarded a contract to survey 8km of the Bournemouth Coastal Interceptor Sewers (BCIS) by Wessex Water. This was a much larger inspection and data processing task, where Telesto™ (now our flagship product) was first deployed in a live sewer.
In 2020, we won several awards for Telesto™; the Utility Pipeline Technology of the year award by the Pipeline Industry Guild and the Innovation Award (for SW England) by the Institute of Water. We were also the finalist in the Engineering Talent Awards.
After working closely together in technology trials over 2019 and 2020, Bright Innovations Group became our first Telesto™ customer and began deploying Telesto™ in assets across the UK water and wastewater network.
Are you curious and a creative problem solver? Do you like working on complex challenges within sensing, robotics, or AI, and strive to keep on learning? Do you want to make a difference in the built environment? If you answered yes to all these questions, and want to join us, then do get in contact.